The Clouds Float North

The Clouds Float North

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a€œOutside of her remarkable poems, we know next to nothing about Yu Xuanji, a€ David Young writes. a€œShe was born in 844 and died in 868, at the age of twenty-four, condemned to death for the murder of her maida€bWe owe the survival of her forty-nine poems to the ancient Chinese anthologistsa€™ urge to be complete.a€ The poems gathered in this bilingual (Chinese/English) edition will be read again and again for their beauty. The works preserve Yu Xuanjia€™s passion, her sharp eye for detail, her often witty variations on familiar Chinese themes, all of which give the poems an immediacy one rarely finds in ancient, translated texts. Poems addressed to Yu Xuanjia€™s husband and to other men (some famous poets) and women give us some sense of her relationships; the book also includes other traditional Chinese forms such as meditations on landscapes and occasional poems commemorating feast days. As noted in the introduction, the poetry also provokes us to think about the act of writing, about the culture and politics of the Ta€™ang Dynasty, and about gender.may commemorate a visit or a death, for example a€” but they help to show us the patterns of composition that Yu Xuanji practiced. ... The poems addressed to men testify to a rich emotional life, scarcely centered on a single individual.

Title:The Clouds Float North
Author:Yu Xuanji, David Young, Jiann I. Lin
Publisher:Wesleyan University Press - 1998-11-20


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